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Curator's Note:

In a part of America that rarely makes headlines, there is a small town with a group of teenagers who will captivate your ears and warm your heart.

 

Mariachi High presents a year in the life of the champion mariachi ensemble at Zapata High School on the Rio Grande in South Texas. As they compete and perform with musical virtuosity, these teens and the music they make will inspire, surprise, and

bring you to your feet. High school

never sounded so good.

 

For more information about future showtimes and screenings, please visit the official Mariachi High website.

 

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Preview, Press, and Praise for the Film

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"Mariachi High" in the press

 

CHICAGO SUN TIMES
"Viva Zapata Texas!"
 
THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Celebratory and inspirational ... a thrill"
 
HOUSTON CULTURE MAP
"Restoring Hope in America's Teenagers"
 
HUFFINGTON POST
"High School Mariachi Inspires Documentary"
 
NBC LATINO 
"Gifted musicians ... gifted students"  
 
SALT LAKE CITY DESERET NEWS
"A gem of a documentary ... truly gripping" 


Praise for "Mariachi High" from viewers like you

 

This is an important documentary which helps to foster pride in people of (and around) the Mexican American community which far too often receives a barrage of constant negative imagery. - Xavier Rodriguez

So very glad to see a strong male role model making a positive difference in the lives of these students! Ask students to aim higher, and they will rise to the level of expectations. -Alex Troiano

I applaud Texas for recognizing that Texas has a Hispanic culture and it better to nurture this spirit rather than to try to bury it and pretend it doesn't belong here. -Tony Denton

A very important reminder of our roots and heritage. It warms my heart and makes me feel proud to be a Mexican American. A true testament to hard work and practice not to mention integrity and character! Vive La Raza! - Rouland Cardenas

Wow! Such amazing young musicians and a great teacher. I never realized how much I would fall in love with Mariachi. -Kristina Sing

Wonderful program! Inspiring example of the power of the arts in education! - Christine Connerly

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